Thoughts about the Seacom cable: what it isn't and what it can be

In a way our trip to Mtunzini to visit the Seacom landing station on 28 May 2009 was a great analogy for the Seacom cable’s impact on South Africa’s degree of connectivity to the Internet. It took us about 2 hours to fly from Johannesburg to Durban and back again and about double that amount…… Continue reading Thoughts about the Seacom cable: what it isn't and what it can be

DoC’s lip service to urgency

It seems our communications minister has a very strange concept of urgency. Hitting the wire* has a post that reveals that the minister is really just paying lip service to her stated goal of reducing telecommunications costs in South Africa and unbundling the local loop (the connection from the network to each home/business, also referred…… Continue reading DoC’s lip service to urgency

Hollard’s call centre that doesn’t really handle calls

My wife has a fascinating and highly entertaining story about her experiences with Hollard after I was involved in an accident in her car recently. I don’t want to steal her thunder (it is a really entertaining story) but this is the highlight for me:”Its a call centre and as such its very difficult to…… Continue reading Hollard’s call centre that doesn’t really handle calls

“Government monopolies in telecom will always destroy the value of the Internet”

Gregor just published a video interview with Prof Larry Lessig where Lessig comments on certain cultural issues and the very controversial telecoms policy our government is pursuing.One quote stands out for me and that is the following:… Government monopolies in telecom will always destroy the value of the Internet …And this was just the warm…… Continue reading “Government monopolies in telecom will always destroy the value of the Internet”

“Telkom doesn’t have customers … it has hostages”

This video posted on Zoopy adds to the many voices speak out against Telkom. The video makes a good point: our apathy only benefits Telkom. The problem, of course, is that until Neotel launches consumer services, there is no real alternative to Telkom. Sure there are mobile devices and mobile data is cheaper than before…… Continue reading “Telkom doesn’t have customers … it has hostages”